How To Get Rid Of Silverfish
To keep silverfish and firebrats away, keep basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, especially shower stalls,
clean and dry. Plug or putty holes or spaces around pipes. Repair leaks and drips in plumbing. Clean out closets periodically.
Collections of magazines, papers, and books provide food for silverfish them. Occasionally, move books around in a bookcase.
Keep foods in containers with tight lids.
There are several kinds of commercially available products that control silverfish or firebrats: household
sprays containing various pyrethroids (such as bifenthrin, tetramethrin, phenothrin), dusts, boric acid powder, and foggers
are labeled for control of these insects.
|Picture of Silverfish
Silverfish are small, soft insects without wings. The abdomen of a silverfish has three filaments
extending from it.Silverfish are not often seen by homeowners because they are a nocturnal bug and can run very swiftly. Occasionally, silverfish
are found in bathtubs. Silverfish crawl in seeking food or moisture and can't climb out. Silverfish prefer
vegetable matter with a high carbohydrate and protein content. However, indoors silverfish will feed on almost anything.
A partial list fo food of this bug includes dried beef, flour, starch, paper, gum, glue, cotton, linen, rayon, silk, sugar,
molds and breakfast cereals.
Silverfish and firebrats--Both silverfish and firebrats belong to the same insect order, Thysanura. They
are also typically placed in the same insect family. Depending on whom you consult, there may be as many as eight to
10 different species of silverfish in North America and only one species of firebrat. Beyond that there are both insect similarities
and differences in their appearance and behavior.
At first glance, both silverfish and firebrats appear as a similar bug. On closer inspection,
firebrats tend to have longer antennae that often extend past the tip of the abdomen. Also, firebrats tend to be a mottled
gray color with patches of dark gray and lighter silver over the dorsal surface of the body. Silverfish tend to be uniformly
gray or silver in color, although there is at least one silverfish species with dark lines extending down the length of its